Metrocosm: The History of Cities Visualized
June 18, 2016 2:46 PM   Subscribe

The History of Cities Visualized: Metrocosm
posted by y2karl (9 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Thank you for posting! This is very relevant to my interests right now.
posted by Caduceus at 2:52 PM on June 18, 2016 [1 favorite]

neat, like a sequel to 'journey of mankind'! (prev.)

some neolithic 'protocities' fwiw :P
-Göbekli Tepe
posted by kliuless at 3:59 PM on June 18, 2016

i was waiting to see if "Neapolis" was included... nope.

Also, no cities in ancient Egypt before the great pyramid? Strange methodology...
posted by at 4:56 PM on June 18, 2016

Starts off slow, but when the action picks up, it gets wild!
posted by languagehat at 5:24 PM on June 18, 2016 [2 favorites]

Yeah, my 7-year-old had us watch it four times in a row because it's "like fireworks!" at the end there. He also really liked the ancient city names.

I was pleased Cahokia was there. Passes my test! (Although, yeah, I get why he chose the the data he did, but it does make some cities pop up awfully late.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:35 PM on June 18, 2016

Cahokia pops up in 1075 AD, right on the spot where St Louis popped up 75 years earlier (1000 AD). Seems legit.

An ability to zoom in on areas of interest would be nice. I'm using Firefox on Android and though I can zoom the display, I can't then pan it and I'm stuck staring at the Americas.

As it stands it's interesting but somewhat misleading eye candy.
posted by Autumn Leaf at 7:58 PM on June 18, 2016

Very interesting for its broad sweep of history, though it is difficult not to notice the gaps in their database. As an Australian, a blindingly obvious omission was Perth (est. 1829, pop. 2 million), especially since Ballarat (1838, 0.1 million) made the cut! (Perthians, I won't make the obvious jibe.)
posted by nagemi at 3:23 AM on June 19, 2016

The explosions at 1875 and 1900 are remarkable!
posted by zooropa at 1:57 PM on June 20, 2016

> The explosions at 1875 and 1900 are remarkable!

Yeah, anarchists were setting off a lot of bombs in those days.
posted by languagehat at 8:57 AM on June 21, 2016

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